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Box Elder Peak Out-and-Back

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Trail

8.2 mile 13.2 kilometer loop
55% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 3,902' 1,189 m
Descent: -3,901' -1,189 m
High: 9,336' 2,846 m
Low: 5,447' 1,660 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 18% (10°)
Max Grade: 50% (27°)

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Trail shared by Doug Lundell

Expect a tough run straight up the mountain to Box Elder Peak with great views of the area.

Doug Lundell

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

This is closed from November through April.

Overview

The view from the summit is incredible. You can see all of Cache Valley on the east, and Box Elder County on the west, and even the Great Salt Lake.

Need to Know

Be prepared for vegetation hugging the trail, often rising higher than average human height.

Runner Notes

The trail is in good condition. Watch for loose rock on the trail further up the mountain, and vegetation hugging the trail.

Description

This is the most popular route to Box Elder Peak. From the parking lot on the north side of HWY 89 in Sardine Canyon, go through the large gate (there for wildlife protection). Follow the old doubletrack dirt road for about a mile until reaching the Wellsville Wilderness area sign on the left and the Wellsville Ridge Trail. Follow this trail to the peak.

The trail has a gradual but steep ascent through the forest until coming out onto the side of the mountain. This section is straight up the mountain with few switchbacks and thick vegetation around the trail. Climb the mountain until reaching Box Elder Peak.

Flora & Fauna

Many types of wildflowers grow here. This trail is popular with bird watchers. It's also possible to see deer, elk, mountain lion, and rattlesnakes.

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  4.5 from 2 votes

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Photos

A view of the Great Salt Lake Valley and the Bear River from the ridge that ascends up and to Box Elder Peak
Aug 3, 2015 near Wellsville, UT
The view south from the summit of Box Elder Peak.
Sep 3, 2019 near Honeyville, UT
The trail as it winds up through a vast field of wildflowers
Aug 3, 2015 near Honeyville, UT
A view of the overgrown section of the trail. You won't lose the trail but you'll walk through plants and possibly bees.
Sep 3, 2019 near Wellsville, UT
A view of southern Cache Valley, Hyrum Reservoir and Blacksmith Fork Canyon from the trail up from Rattlesnake
Aug 3, 2015 near Wellsville, UT
A view of Sardine Canyon from the trail
Aug 3, 2015 near Wellsville, UT

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